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Tony Barnard

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About Tony

Tony is an acclaimed Jazz Guitarist and Harp Guitarist, who plays most styles. Perfect for any event, Corporate, Weddings, Bars, Concerts.

Tony has appeared at all of Australia's jazz festivals, accompanied visiting jazz and international jazz and show-biz stars, won 'best guitarist' polls, formed Australia's first 5-guitar big band 'Interplay', led his own bands and worked as musical director on cruise ships. Tony has a diverse range of albums to his name,(44 and counting) ranging from jazz and blues, classical, World, and ambient, and has played with a wide range of artists including The Australian Chamber Orchestra, The BBC Concert Orchestra, The Ronnie Scott's jazz orchestra, The Dubai Philharmonic Strings, Barney Kessel, Earl Hines, Nat Adderley, Nancy Wilson, Dave Liebman, Keely Smith, Buddy Greco, John Hendricks, Louis Stewart, Barry Humphries , Howard Alden, Dan Barrett, Cliff Richard, Rufus Reid, Jim Mullen, Curtis Stigers, Stevie Winwood, Stephen Bennett, Muriel Anderson, John Doan, Andy Wahlberg, Don Burrows, George Golla, Don Andrews, Ricky May, Billy Field, Georgie Fame, Kevin Spacey, The Inkspots, Ronnie Corbett, Vinnie Falcone, Clare Teal, Jacqui Dankworth, Claire Martin, Scarlet Strallen, Peter Grant, Marti Pellow, Tony Hadley, John Colianni, Monica Mancini, Diz Disley, George Melly, Tommy Tycho, Bruce Forsythe, Rob Brydon, Toured Europe and the Middle East with the Original London West End Rat Pack show , and was the resident guitarist of the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra for some 8 years. He has composed for and appeared in television and stage shows. Tony won the international song writing competition in 2013 with his piece “Bunyips”. Tony is also one of a handful of people worldwide, who has mastered the 21 string Harp Guitar and has recently released a solo CD playing mostly originals. Currently based in the UK, Tony performs regularly at Ronnie Scott’s and other top London jazz venues. As well as performing all over the UK and Australia, he has also performed in the USA, France, Canada, Italy, Belgium, Singapore, Germany, Turkey, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand, Holland, United Arab Emirates, Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Australia, England, Greece, and even tiny Samurai island (New Guinea) Amongst others. Tony has performed for HRH Prince Charles, HRH Queen of Denmark, HRH Prince Turki al Faisal, Sultan of Brunei, Australian Prime Ministers Hawke, Keating, Fraser and Howard, President Giskard of France, Sir David Attenborough, Sir Richard Harris, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Keith Emerson, Sir David Frost, Sean Connery, Sophia Loren, Sir Richard Attenborough, Sir Ian McKellan, Sting, Ozzy Osbourne, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Daniel Craig, Paul Hogan, Paul Newman, Sam Neil, Nicole Kidman, Thandie Newton, Jude Law, Hugh Grant, Rosamund Pike, Kathy Bates, Liz Hurley, Barbra Windsor, Bryan Brown, Chick Corea, Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, Elle MacPherson, Enzo Ferrari, Andrea Bocelli, Miranda Richardson, JK Rowling, Bert Weedon, The Cast of Eastenders, Jodie Kidd, Lulu, Bryan Ferry, Sir Tim Rice, David Walliams, and Matt "guitar" Murphy amongst others.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
World music, Jazz, Latin jazz, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Acoustic, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, Folk, Ambient, Classical crossover, Classical, Baroque, Christmas, Modern jazz, Bossa nova
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Transcription, Orchestrator, Actor, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

On a clear day,
Sweet and Lovely,
My Romance,
Gravy Waltz,
Just Friends,
There is no greater love,
All the things you are,
My Favourite things,
Days of Wine and Roses,
In a Mellow Tone,
Out of Nowhere,
I Love you,
All of me,
I’m getting sentimental,
I thought about you,
How high the moon,
Polka dots and Moonbeams,
The nearness of you,
Easy Livin’,
Squeeze me,
There will never be another you,
Airmail special,
Stompin’ at the Savoy,
Bernie’s tune,
Body and soul,
Boulevarde of broken dreams.
Darn that dream,
This can’t be love,
Early Autumn,
Little boat,
I let a song go out of heart,
It had to be you,
Have you met miss Jones,
A Foggy day,
It’s you or no one,
Girl talk,
Groovin’ high
Here’s that rainy day,
I’ll remember April,
Lullaby of the leaves,
If I had you,
Lullaby of Birdland,
No Moon at all,
Robin’s nest,
When you wish upon a star,
One note samba,
Pick yourself up,
Black Orpheus,
St Thomas,
When sunny gets blue,
The Way you look tonight,
Green sleeves,
Waltzing Matilda,
,The Glittering Caves,
Mangled Tango,
Bilby Waltz,
Botany Bay,
If Kangaroos could dance,
Goanna, Kookaburra,
Blue Mountains Bossa,
Barney’s Waltz,
Eucalyptus Dream,
Norwegian wood,
Lester leaps in,
Danny Boy,
Nature Boy,
Prelude to a kiss,
Take the A Train,
Afternoon in Paris,
Autumn Leaves,
Bags groove,
Billie’s bounce,
Blue Monk
But Beautiful,
Con Alma,
I wish I knew how it feels to be free.
Don’t get around much anymore,
We shall not be moved,
The Preacher,
Four brothers,
Fire and rain,
Mr Bojangles,
Flintstones theme,
Friends again,
Girl from Ipanema,
I remember you,
On Green Dolphin street,
I can’t get started,
How could you do a thing like this to me,
I’m beginning to see the light,
Lady be good,
Li’l Darlin’,
Love for sale,
You and the night and the music ,
Song for my father,
Minha Saudade,
Batida Differente,
Samba de Orfeu,
Mood Indigo,
Mr PC,
Moonlight in Vermont,
My Old Flame ,
Old Devil moon,
Old Folks,
Scrapple from the apple,
Satin Doll,
Seven come eleven,
Shiny stockings,
Softly as in a morning sunrise.
Sweet Georgia Brown,
Tea for two,
There’s a small hotel,
Watch what happens,
Work song,
What is this thing called love,
Yardbird suite
CLASSICAL; A wide range of pieces from Baroque to Contemporary
Home Grown Rainforest
When you wish upon a star
Over the Hills and Far away
Hedwig's Theme
Concerning Hobbits
The Mantle of Dreams
Philae Landing on a comet
Mist and Stone
The Gatherers
Erin's Song
Invention 11
Erika's Song
Far Away Home
Year One
Southern Skies
The Nearness of You
Blue Moon
Autumn Leaves
Hymn for Australia
Me and Erin, Meanderin'
Hooray for Mr Hay (Harp Ukelele)
Pearl Beach
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Rentman blues
and a wide range of other music is available
Beatles songs
Christmas songs
requested songs
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

In most cases I am open to negotiation. Shouldn't be a problem, except for perhaps date changes.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I can provide an Ipod to play during breaks

How much time do you need to set up?

not Longer than 30 minutes

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes you can. I can also provide any requested tunes that are not on my lists. I know hundreds of tunes in many styles

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes I can. I will need advance notice so I am well prepared before the event

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I always engage with the audience, I am professional, friendly and play with passion, energy

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Hundreds including Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Pizza Express Dean street, The Dorchester Hotel, Tate Britain, Woburn Abbey, 100 Club, Tonbridge Castle, Dover Castle, Mermaid Theatre, Abbey Road studios, Kensington Palace, London Zoo, The Concorde Club, The Novello theatre, The Ivy, As well as all over Europe, The Americas, Asia and Australia

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, John Williams Keith Emerson and too many to mention

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Elton John's 60th birthday party at Shoreditch Town Hall. Also playing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£300


From customers:

Gloria H, 12 years ago

Dear Tony. Thanks for all your help and talent at Hever Castle. Hope to see you again, Love Gloria

Dylan N, 2 years ago

Dear Tony. Thank you SO much for your incredible playing(both Solo and with Mr Mullen) at the wedding. We really feel pivileged to have had such great music at the reception, and we've had lots of favourable comments from the guests. they loved it. Thanks again

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